The Department of Geography was established in 1971. Since then, the department has acquired distinction in teaching and research as well as for dissemination of geographical knowledge both at the national and international level. The department offers B.A./B.Sc. (H), M.A./M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geography. Besides these conventional courses, the department also offers two technical courses: Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS Applications and Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Cartography. These technical courses have also been included in teaching both at the under-graduate and post-graduate level. The ISRO, Government of India not only recognized the department as one of the leading centres for teaching RS/GIS but also funded the enhancement of the DIP/GIS labs to promote applications of these techniques.
Presently, there are about 400 students in the department studying at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and more than 40 students pursuing their Ph.D.. The thrust areas of the department are Regional Development, Urban Geography, Environmental Studies, Agricultural Geography, Population Geography, Gender Geography, Social Geography, Transport Geography and Urban Environment. The DST, UGC and ICSSR have been funding major research projects on the proposals submitted by the faculty. Presently, the department has received financial assistance from UGC on 4 major research projects and summer training programme on GIS funded by the DST.
The department follows the university admission procedure for admission to different programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as doctoral research level. The admission is based on an Entrance Test and interview.
The department has distinguished teaching faculty. There are altogether 16 faculty positions in the department. Members have been contributing both at the national and international level. Many of them specialize in different fields of geography such as application of remote sensing, GIS/GPS and Digital Cartography. At present, there are 7 Professors, 4 Associate Professors and 4 Assistant Professors in the department.
The department is endowed with young and dynamic teachers actively attending national and international seminars/conferences and presenting research papers. Their publications in the form of books and articles in Journals numbering more than 225 are referred to in many Universities of India. The teachers are also actively engaged in supervising research guidance and the department has got the credit of awarding Ph.D. degrees to more than 40 students.